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Seeking Whom He May Devour: Chief Inspector Adamsberg Investigates (Chief Inspector Adamsberg Mysteries (Paperback)) Paperback – November 7, 2006
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An opportunity to explore the depths of the cast of assembled quirky characters of Soliman, Watchee and all the villagers we meet along the way is overlooked.
The overall pace of the book is slow. Interactions between characters are often too long, extended beyond the value to the story. The book could be more suspenseful, more menacing with the addition of insight into the superstitions of the mountains which would provide more interesting and compelling narrative.
Adamsberg is only involved in less than half of the book. He makes an appearance in the last half of the book. His role is limited and without his entourage including Danglard. But, of course, he solves the mystery of the murder in a clever, interesting solution which helps redeem the other disappointments and missed opportunities in the book.
The murdered woman's adopted son, an old shepherd, and Camille soon find themselves over their heads. They call upon Inspector Adamsberg to help. He possesses exceptional powers of intuition and a courageous spirit. He is also Camille's former boyfriend who has been replaced by a tall, handsome, and capable Canadian, an expert in tracking wolves. This is a fine, well-written story.
This thriller starts in the French Alps when sheep are found dead, their throats crushed and eaten by what? A pack of wolves (the region has 40 of them, carefully monitored by e.g. the Canadian guest researcher Lawrence), or by a single wolf with huge jaws? When Suzanne, a sheep farmer, is found dead with identical wounds, ancient stories about werewolves re-emerge. All gossip points to a lone male who returned six years earlier after 20 years of absence, who works as a butcher in the region's abattoir. And he is missing. A map is found in his mountain shack with thin crosses confirming with the sites of wolf attacks, and a trail of country roads leading to Manchester, UK, where he is rumored to have a relative. His Great Dane dog, climbing equipment, car and cash are also missing...
How this evolves is for readers to discover. J-BA and his muse Camille also meet again. Good police procedural. Good atmosphere. Nice characters. Nice book. Great series!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent Imagery and really engages the reader with the characters. Excellent pace and integrated plots of the hunt, mystery and relationships.Published 10 months ago by John G
Really quite waffly until about 50% of the way in when Adamsberg becomes more involved. Then it gets more interesting. Liked the characters. Read morePublished 21 months ago by CMB
Should read this series in order. Translation date into English is not the publication date. Characters develop with the series.Published on September 11, 2013 by San Diego
I truly enjoy the Chief Inspector Adamsberg series and this is a good text... well done and artfully so. Read morePublished on September 10, 2013 by litteacher
Again, not very interesting. Jean Baptise Adamsberg played such a little role without his usual crew. Read morePublished on December 25, 2012 by irene lara
Fred Vargas is the pen-name of the French historian, archaeologist and writer Frédérique Audoin-Rouzeau. Read morePublished on September 7, 2012 by Craobh Rua
I read a later novel by Vargas in the same series and enjoyed that novel a lot more. However I do note her propensity to imbue serious quirkiness on too many of her characters, be... Read morePublished on September 4, 2012 by Mirkosan
The plot may not create real suspense for some discerning readers, but it is elegantly executed and neatly tied up at the end. Read morePublished on September 3, 2012 by Wanda B. Red